There is something magical about reading books.
Reading is about so much more than just relaxation or education, however—it’s an essential activity if you want to develop as a writer. Unfortunately, reading requires time, effort and commitment. With so many options, sometimes just finding a new book can be overwhelming.
To help busy writers cut through the clutter, here are 10 websites every book lover should check out:
This is one of the best websites for readers keen on scanning the latest reviews, author interviews and plot discussions.
Goodreads has detailed descriptions about books, new and old, and opportunities to discuss them with readers from all over the world.
Who doesn’t love free books? Project Gutenberg features the oldest and largest collection of free books on the internet.
The site now boasts more than 49,000 titles, and the collection grows each year. The project aims to publish all books that have surpassed their copyright dates.
Project Gutenberg even caters to audiobook fans.
The tech giant is still a great source for books. Say what you will about Amazon, but the company has made books more affordable and accessible.
This site won’t win any design awards, but it works. Whichbook helps you choose what book to read next, which is helpful for busy writers and communicators.
This is similar to Project Gutenberg. It features loads of free books—in genres from Shakespeare to science fiction—that can be downloaded and accessed across all your devices.
This lets you search for specific lines of text from a book, and the tool reveals various locations where you can buy the book you’re looking for.
Google’s database also turns up free works like books, magazines, journals and e-books.
Are you craving that small bookstore atmosphere? Simply type in your ZIP code, and Indie Store Finder will produce a handy list of nearby independent book stores.
Who wants to pay full freight for a mass-produced book?
AddAll.com lets you compare book prices from major book retailers. It’s a great way to find a copy that’s nearby and cheap.
Users can search by title, shipping destination, price and state.
Comics count as books, right?
Comics Alliance is a wonderful website for all sorts of graphic novels and comic books. The site also features the latest news, releases, opinions, merchandise and much more.
The Book Cover Archive features thousands of book covers organized categorically by title, subjects, authors and several other unusual categories.
Do you have any other favorites? Please list them in the comments below, and make sure you take time to read.
A version of this post first appeared on Daily Writing Tips.